Newsflash : All Mayfly Competitions for 2020 cancelled, due to coronavirus. 16/03/2020
Competitions for Mayfly 2020 (cancelled)
Week 1. (27th April- 3rd May) Young Isl. Cup. (weigh-in & prizes Cois na hAbhna)
Sunday May 3rd Crock's Cup ( 11am-6pm, weigh-in Mountshannon Harbour 6.15pm) (Prizes Keanes Bar)(see 2020 PDF in side bar)
Week 2. (4th - 10th May) Bushy Isl.Cup (weigh-in & prizes Keanes Bar)
Thurs. 7th May. Brod's Competition. Weigh-in Keanes.
Week 3. (11th - 17th May) Cribby Isl. Cup (weigh-in & Prizes Cois na hAbhna)
Friday 15th May. Lough Derg Inter County Challenge (Banquet 2pm) (weigh in Cois na hAbhna 10.30pm) Bookie on Eve. (See PDF in side bar for details)
Sat. 16th May. Tom Turner Memorial Cup ( Cois na hAbhna)
Sunday 17th May. Ger Moroney Memorial (weigh-in & prizes Cois na hAbhna)
Week 4. (18th - 24th May) Pages Isl. Cup (weigh-in & Prizes Keanes Bar)
Mayfly Seasonal Trophies.
Heaviest Fish: Padraic Cahill Memorial Trophy
Heaviest Creel over 2lb.: James Burke Memorial Cup
Heaviest Fish caught by Dapping : Packie & Tom Lyons Cup
Gentleman's Cup : Heaviest fish caught by a gentleman. (see sub page)
Heaviest Lady's Fish: Club Prize
Junior (under 18) Cup: Club Prize.
First trout of 2019, caught by Miss Hickey.
A few thoughts from El Presidente
I suggest that this year be known as the "Handshake Year"
The misunderstandings that happened last year with the "Catch & Release” competition should now be put in the past, and this year should be opened with a warm handshake, to and from all fishermen and fisherwomen, whether they are active members or otherwise of our club.
The club members have always embraced a “catch & release” policy from the founding of the club, and will always support such preservation, especially of borderline sized fish. The debate about “catch & release” will continue, but in my opinion, it is up to individual members to make their own call. If there is to be a competition this year, I would suggest it be run on a lower key and that a display of a few trout in the bar that night would be both encouraged and appreciated.
The improvements that the club has funded / overseen to the local streams is essential in allowing the trout to spawn safely, and guarantees long term fishing for future generations. This work can only continue if we all pull together, and it would be a pity to see such efforts of the club evaporate from this essential and very worthwhile practice.
This year the Inter County Trophy will probably be fished for on the 13th. May (subject to AGM approval) and it is my wish that we revert to the format of past times. Namely, that the competition be a relaxed day's fishing with prizes of a fun nature. There will still be a "good" first prize but you might be embarrassed to win a minor prize….pot luck. !
Noel Lyons has very generously offered his services again, but we must be cognisant of the fact that Noel likes to throw a fly too, in the day's fishing, so perhaps a slimmed down menu is more in order.
The date set for this year’s AGM is Saturday the 1st. February 2020, at 8pm in Keanes Bar, Mountshannon.
Lastly but by no means least, may I wish everybody GOOD HEALTH and EXCITING FISHING during 2020.
El Presidente Jan.’20
Changes of Angling Bye-Laws on Lough Derg (and elsewhere)
Click on "News" in side bar, and read "Conservation of Trout" PDF.